This stuff is just straight-up gross. The primer side smells weird and has the consistency of a thick...concealer...? Saying that is almost an insult to concealers. The plumper also has a strong smell, although it's a tad more pleasant, but even dabbing it on your lips results in an automatic burning sensation. I've tried my share of nicer lip plumpers, and let me just say that this is not standard. A slight tingle, sure - but a full fledged burn? Not so much. Keep your dollar and go elsewhere.
I bought this 3$ product just because of the plumping side. However, decided to try out the priming side too. The plumping side smells STRONG like cinnamon, and burns the hell out of your lips. Although, the burning only lasts for about a minute and then it's done. And I noticed slightly fuller lips, so it worked in that aspect. But the primer? It's disgusting, it feels like you're just putting a really heavy concealer on your lips. It settles into the creases and smears off your lipstick, don't use it. However, it you want just a plumper, this product is the best "drug store" plumper that I've found, and I've tried a few.
Like every women, I like a full pout and while my lips aren't thin, I occasionally like a little extra volume.The plumper has a mild cinnamon scent that reminds me of Big Red chewing gum(sorry for the reference if you aren't from the US) when I initially applied it, I thought "What a con" it's not doing anything but the plumping sneaks up on you. within about 2 mins my lips were lightly swollen. Not so much bee stung more like excess making out with your stubbled honey(along with some slight redness). Nothing uncomfortable or painful and the look was exactly what I was going for.. I then tried to apply the primer which down right sucks. It's too creamy boarding on oily and just moves around your lips. You actually wipe off more in application then you apply. And what little stayed on my lips only made them look dry. If you're in the market for a cheap plumper and you don't have dry/sensitve lips then I totally recommend this otherwise save your money
I am 100% happy with this product, I use the concealer on occasions, but make sure to only use a thin layer and I find it works very well. Now the plumping side, I can't even say enough good things about it..I have very thin/small lips and after putting on a thick thick coat of the plumper my lips looked fuller within minutes and for the price you just can't beat it. I also love the cinnamon smell and didn't find the tingling to be over-bearing or any worse than your average lip plumper.
OW! Ladies with dry or chapped lips BEWARE! The plumper will burn and become so strong that you'll have to wash it off immediately after it sets into your lips. The primer side is simply a concealer stick, and not worth it since I have so many concealer sticks that do the job on their own. The plumper smells of cinnamon, which is an irritant but does the job of giving lips that "plumped, swollen" effect. However, my lips are constantly bitten or dry or chapped, and several seconds after wiping this on my lips turned huge and red (it sounds great) but the burning was horribleee. I'm used to stinging lip plumpers, but this was not a sting. This was a GET IT OFF ME sensation, which I quickly rinsed and rubbed off and applied vaseline on. Don't do it ladies, I know plumped lips are desirable, but just pinch them. Less pain, just as effective. Never ever will repurchase.
I really wanted to love this product. I often have a problem where my lips are bumpy and my lipstick just doesn't go on smoothly. Unfortunately, this product only has one half that's half good.
The primer is simply too thick. Applying it like a lipstick leaves it caked on, and even through a few layers of lipstick you can see the beige seep through. I tried using it as a liner then blending in, but the product does not blend smoothly and the effect was more of the same. Even when I got lipstick to cover the colour, the texture was worse than nothing at all; every line on my lips were clearly highlighted. It doesn't even help lipstick stay on better, the main point of a primer. If anything it slides off more easily.
The plumper I like a little better. Over or under lipstick, it can smooth things out a bit. I'm not sure if it actually plumps your lips or not, though. The cinnamon smell is definitely super strong, and while I like it I know others probably wouldn't.
All in all, this one was a miss. I won't buy this again.
I'm somewhat on the fence with this product. I find that with a ton of E.L.F's products that are dual sided, I'm normally just after one side of the product and really don't need the other one. Case in point, I never wear lipstick or any lip product that would warrant the use of the "prime" side. I was really interested in the "plump" side, given that I don't see to many lip plumpers on the drug store market. First, I love the packaging. It's very sleek and compact - way to go ELF! When I first read on MUA that the "plump" side had a cinnamon smell, I was a bit hesitant. Cinnamon isn't my favorite scent, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that this plumper reminds me of Christmas time/pinecones/holidays/etc. I was a bit surprised that the size of the "stick" on both the prime/plump side was a bit small compared to the shape of a normal lipstick. When I put the plump side on, I immediately felt a burn and thought I was having an allergic reaction. My lips did look red and I did feel some discomfort for a few seconds, but after a minute or two my lips did look a tad bit fuller. Don't know if I was having a placebo effect or what, but I don't think I could've handled another layer of this on. Then, for kicks, I applied the primer side. To my horror, it looked like I had just applied heavy duty concealer all over my lips. In fact, this gave me more coverage than the dual sided concealer/highlighter duo I just purchased from ELF (who knew?) Then, I applied a fuchsia colored gloss. I found that I had to dot this on so I wouldn't get this primer gunk all over my lip gloss applicator. It turned a normally pretty glossy color into a runny, baby pink, goopy mess! Perhaps this would've turned out better if I had waited for the primer to dry a bit and then used a lipstick, but considering I only bought this for the plumper, I wasn't too disappointed! If they made the plumper in a bigger size, I'd probably repurchase for $3! I don't think I'm the right customer for the primer side though.
I love this double-ended stick, but maybe that's because I'm not using it for its *intended* purposes. I use the plumper end simply as a lip balm, and the yellow primer end as a light concealer. The plumper balm feels like a hot cinnamon balm, and I can see where some people might have an allergic-type reaction to it, but for me it just feels tingly. I use the primer end as a quick and easy concealer for my fair skin - easy to pull out of my purse, twist up, and use. All in all, this works great for me as a double-duty product and I would, and have, repurchased it.
I did not and would not purchase this product for the prime side. The plump side though in my opinion is wonderful and tastes like red hots. I hate to be the only person on here to leave a positive review but to each their own I guess.
I can't believe the results from this product. It is absolutely horror-able. I put the primer on my lips and it sunk into all the little creases and brought the lipstick down with it, it also mixed with the lipstick making it lighter. The plumper burned my lips and left them red and irritated for the rest of the day. When I saw how quickly my lip stick ran off I thought surly I did something like rub my mouth on my sleeve to make it disappear so quickly, so I swatched some primer on my hand then put some lip stick on it, and did a plain lip stick swatch just under it. And sure enough the primer ruined the colour and it ran off much quicker than the plain lip stick swatch. So disappointed ELF